Stephanie Sutherland

Stephanie Sutherland, LSW

Child/Adolescent Therapist • Evanston

Now offering online video visits for patients

(312) 546-4193

501 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Bio

I always say that being a human is hard and we can all benefit from therapy. I recognize that there are a lot of stigmas in our society and specific cultures regarding mental health and seeking mental health services. I am passionate about reducing the stigma and shame around mental health. Outside of the office, you will spot me wearing my favorite sweatshirt that reads “Going to therapy is cool”. I view seeking out and engaging in therapy as an incredible strength in each of my clients for desiring to grow and be the best version of themselves.

I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist who provides services to clients in all life stages as well as all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. I view it as an honor and recognize my privilege in being asked to walk alongside and support my clients through a season of their human journey. My specialty is trauma-informed play therapy for children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 12. In my therapy room, you will find a warm, non-judgmental, confidential, client-driven, and empathetic space that is tailored to your specific needs and therapeutic preferences. At the start of services I will work in collaboration with you (and your caregiver if appropriate) to develop treatment goals and I will spend the remainder of services assisting you in reaching those goals and flourishing into the best version of yourself. Talking about feelings can be hard so I try to make it fun by including art, play, games, and laughter. I enjoy celebrating all the big and little victories with my clients.

I graduated from the University of Southern California with my Master’s in Social work specializing in Children and Family work and Early Childhood Trauma. I have focused my professional development on increasing my cultural awareness and sensitivity as well as my play therapy, family therapy, and crisis intervention skills.

Throughout my professional career, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults specializing in early-childhood trauma, crisis intervention, and the child welfare system. I have experience supporting clients in processing past or current trauma, developing healthy coping skills for symptoms of anxiety, ADHD, depression, and PTSD, supporting and developing safety plans for families and clients with suicidal ideation, and assisting clients in transitional periods including entering foster care, school transition and parental separation or death.

In addition, I provide family therapy and parent coaching. With my children and adolescent clients, I utilize play therapy mindfulness, trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and collaborative problem-solving. With my adult clients, I utilize mindfulness, CBT, and motivational interviewing and will even mix in some art and play cause grown-ups need it sometimes too.

In-network insurances

    Blue Cross Blue Shield • Self pay

Specialties

    ADD/ADHD Behavior Therapies • Adjustment Disorder • Anger Management • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Daytime Sleepiness • DBT/CBT • Depression • Domestic Violence • Grief and Loss/Bereavement • LGBTQ+ • Life Coaching • Life Transition • Major Depressive Disorder • Mindfulness • Mood Disorders • Occupational Difficulties • Play Therapy • Relationship Issues • Sadness • Self Esteem • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry • Suicidal Thoughts

Education and training

  • University of Southern California, Master in Social Work

Languages spoken

  • English
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